Coaches should display ethical behaviour at all times, and ensure the welfare of participants is paramount.
Increasingly, coaches are required to face ethical issues such as sportsmanship, doping in sport, cheating, bullying, eating disorders, respect for officials, abuse of power, harassment and judging when an athlete should return to sport after an injury.
Coaches should be conscious that they are in a position of power in regard to the participants they coach. It is essential coaches operate professionally and with integrity in their relationships with people who are participating in or associated with their sport.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has developed a Coach's Code of Behaviour which provides a standard for all coaches. Accredited coaches are required to sign on to the Coach's Code of Behaviour.